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Government of Canada helps Prescott youth prepare for the job market



Prescott, Ontario, October 5, 2011—Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada’s support for an employment project. Mr. Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today’s environment," said MP Brown. "That’s why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Prescott Youth: Forging Partnerships project.

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the St. Lawrence College of Applied Arts and Technology will help 12 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or get the confidence to return to school.

The participants will attend group-based employability skills workshops that focus on topics such as decision making, career development planning and networking. Following this, participants will gain valuable work experience through job placements in fields which include tourism, landscaping and construction.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

The St. Lawrence College of Applied Arts and Technology will receive over $91,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Prescott Youth: Forging Partnerships project.


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